The holidays are often regarded as the best time of year. You get to see family and friends that you might not see as often, the holiday cheer and festivity is contagious, and the food and drinks are delicious.
While these wonderful parts of this time of year make it a time that we cherish, there are less desirable aspects, as well. Consider the illnesses and stress that come along with these celebratory times. RetireMEDiQ has created a list of ways to beat the holiday blues and maintain your holiday high!
1. Wash your hands regularly
Remember to use warm water and soap for the length of the alphabet for maximum cleanliness, especially before you eat or touch your face. If you cannot wash your hands, make sure you have an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with you when you’re out and about, especially in public spaces like restaurants, malls and airports or trains.
2. Stay physically active in some capacity
You can make this more enjoyable by going on a post-dinner walk with your family. Just make sure you’re bundled up to protect you from the cold and the street and sidewalk are not icy!
3. Avoid others when they’re sick
Since it’s inevitable that some people will be sick during the holidays, stay at least six feet away from people who are feeling under the weather and wash your hands if you come in contact with someone who is not feeling great.
4. Stay home if you’re not feeling well
Take the time to rest and get hydrated again so your body can heal faster. Plus, provide others the same courtesy you’d want them to give you.
5. Stay hydrated
It’s easy to forget to drink water throughout the day when you are busy. Bring a water bottle with you and refill it at water fountains.
6. Eat healthful foods when you can
Pack snacks for easy access on-the-go! Try an ounce of nuts, fruits or veggies, a granola bar or Greek yogurt.
Holidays often come with financial stress or stress having to do with being busy with parties and planning. Try to anticipate what your sources of stress might be and actively work to prevent these stressors. For example, set a tighter budget or commit to fewer get-togethers. Your mental well-being is more important than over-committing or over-extending yourself.
8. Help others
Invite those who might not have plans or family to spend time with for the holidays to join you. If you can sense that someone is in need, reach out to support them. When you can, donate to canned food drives or provide blankets to shelters. Volunteer to help those who are less fortunate.
From all of us at RetireMEDiQ, we wish you a warm and happy holiday! We hope these tips help you stay healthy.
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